For 957 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

John DeFore's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Lowest review score: 0 Black Rose
Score distribution:
957 movie reviews
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    • 70 John DeFore
    Overflowing with wholesome vibes yet not sappy, the film provokes warm feelings, even if its subject doesn't really demand feature-length treatment.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    This would be an interesting subject to explore at length, with a host who didn't seem to be padding an opportunity for self-promotion with the trappings of science. Unfortunately, Friedkin goes overboard in the short film's final scenes, describing a second encounter with the possessed woman that was far more dramatic than this one.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Though Cordula Kablitz-Post's feature debut Lou Andreas-Salome, The Audacity to be Free views this very unconventional woman through the conventions of the biopic, its drama benefits from a viewer's ignorance of her story.
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    • 10 John DeFore
    The picture sometimes briefly achieves that rare feat, of being so terrible it entertains. Sometimes it's genuinely offensive as well. Unfortunately, enough dull stretches interrupt the action that only the most hard-core cinematic dumpster-divers will care.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Though less funny than the first, it will play well to those who are in the mood.
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    • 50 John DeFore
    Attractive and capably acted but oddly airless, the drama is a downer without offering much reward for our time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Sanchez delivers a couple of very effective twists that change the nature of his tale.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Less successful as a drama, the out-all-night period piece is overshadowed by many similar coming-of-age tales (the best of which are often made by artists with first-hand knowledge of the period they're depicting). But like its twenty-ish hero, it is well-meaning enough that some viewers will be forgiving.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    The movie not only fails to represent the peak of the young Blumhouse shingle's output (Get Out is not their only inventive film), but gets silly in ways that we've seen on screen for decades.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Foley's cult may never grow as big as his most ardent fans would like. But Hawke and Rosen and Dickey have given the man something better than posthumous record sales.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Built around an impressive performance by relative newcomer Elvire Emanuelle, the drama recalls Karyn Kusama's Girlfight, though in that case the parental dynamics ran the opposite direction.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    The doc's poignant heart is in observing how ACORN's most dedicated members have pushed to continue doing good after it was forced to close its doors.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 John DeFore
    Miracle is godawful, even by the standards of sports dramas, where healthy doses of manipulation and hagiography are accepted as part of the inspirational formula.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Lee draws us into the characters' space, judiciously using direct-address at the very end when all this inaction turns suddenly consequential. Pass Over is no happier in the end than the play that inspired it or the real events that inform how we interpret it
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Miller knows exactly how the third act should play, and he manages (thanks in part to the increasingly intriguing creature work) to reach an emotionally satisfying conclusion without resorting to some big Gremlins-gore action climax.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    Despite all appearances, Personal Problems is indeed moving toward a fairly conventional end. But along the way, it observes much of its era through the corners of its eyes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    For those ready to view it on its own terms, its gentle focus on family and persistence should go down easy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Tagging along with the now octogenarian Jean Vanier and meeting some members of his surrogate family, Randall Wright's Summer in the Forest champions his vision by quietly watching it in harmonious action.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    An easygoing hangout film that will ring true for anyone who has worked in the service industry, it continues the filmmaker's streak of making movies that have few obvious common denominators besides empathy for types of characters who rarely get it.
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    • 30 John DeFore
    The solution to Kyle's problems is as predictable as everything else in this cookie-cutter picture, which is only made tolerable by the surprisingly solid cast Speer has attracted.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 John DeFore
    Perhaps because it wants to play to both sides, the film's viewpoint is awfully muddied when it addresses conflict between traditional DJs — who know how to handle turntables, read a crowd's mood and do their thing for many hours at a time — and those who premix a whole set to a USB stick, hit play and just bounce up and down onstage.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 John DeFore
    Docs like Jed Rothstein's excellent The China Hustle present us with such frequent occasions for outrage that, in the interest of fairness, it's time for a few top documentarians to assemble a five-minute disclaimer to run in front of each new exposé.
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    • 60 John DeFore
    However well or poorly it matches the truth of Emily's life, the film's vision of her long relationship with Susan is warmly funny.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 John DeFore
    Especially in light of a short parable Cam tells early on about work and retirement, it's pretty obvious that Abbie's voluntary imprisonment is meant to reflect an American underclass that can't imagine any kind of life beyond our late-capitalist constraints.
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    • 70 John DeFore
    Enjoyable despite its familiarity.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 John DeFore
    A fantastic cast doing fine work can't make this feel-good hokum believable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    A good-looking debut that's as obsessive as it sounds, Koki Shigeno's Ramen Heads celebrates those for whom Japan's famous dish is anything but a simple bowl of noodles and broth.
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    • 50 John DeFore
    Though the story itself contains enough to intrigue a skeptic, Bagans' tendency to tart things up with horror-movie techniques makes this a movie to scare true believers, not win new ones over.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 John DeFore
    Keep the Change acknowledges that people with disabilities can sometimes be largely responsible for the biggest problems they face, just like the rest of us — and it doesn't need to be Pollyannaish to believe those problems are solvable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 John DeFore
    A rollicking adventure through worlds both bleak and fantastic, Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One makes big changes to the specifics and structure of Ernest Cline's best-selling novel but keeps the spirit and level-up thrills intact.

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